Battle for top of 5A-1 intense
“We didn’t deserve to win.We didn’t play well enough to win, either side of the ball. Ardmore did a good job. They deserved it.”
MACARTHUR HEAD COACH ON LOSING TO ARDMORE, 27-22, ON FRIDAY
ARDMORE - MacArthur went deep into its bag of tricks in search of a game-winning play during the final seconds of its road district battle against Ardmore Thursday night.
After a double-reverse handoff, the ball was pitched back to Will Collins who geared back for a deep pass from his own 30-yard line.The pass, like only two others all night, was underthrown and intercepted by Ardmore's Kevion McGee with 10 seconds left to seal the 27-22 win for Ardmore and hand Mac its first loss of the year.
"We didn't deserve to win," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "We didn't play well enough to win, either side of the ball. Ardmore did a good job. They deserved it."
Turnovers ultimately doomed Mac in the second half. Collins' last interception made four giveaways for the Highlanders, three of which came in the fourth quarter.
Mac trailed 21-15 at halftime and that was the score after three as well.
With 7:48 left in the fourth, Mac was moving the football but had the drive ended when Davon Finkley lost a fumble at midfield.
With favorable field position, Ardmore capitalized going 51 yards in five plays as Kydric Knox capped off the drive with a 5-yard run. A failed two-point conversion attempt gave the Tigers a 27-15 lead with 6:55 left.
A turnover ended the next drive for Mac as well when Collins underthrew Lorenzo West over the middle of the field and Cash Roberts stepped inside the route to pull away the pass.
The Mac defense rose to the occasion on the ensuing possession as it sensed the game slipping away, forcing Ardmore into a three-and-out, and returned the ball back to the offense at its own 29-yard line with 3:28 left.